When I started Mission 227 I said that I would use no systematic way of making an impact in every country. I determined that I would not do it in alphabetical order. That just sounds boring! I thought about going in the order of the FREE world prayer map that I use which is more of a geographical pattern. But that seemed too predictable.
I determined to follow the breadcrumbs and respond as opportunities came to me. It makes Mission 227 more of an adventure. I never know what country is coming next. I don’t have them lined up in any particular order. I just know that I need to contribute at least twice a month to reach my goal of complete global saturation. (Hmm, complete global saturation – I like that phrase!)
Today I’m helping in a country you’ve probably never heard of – East Timor. East Timor is a small island nation of a little over 1 million people. It sits just above Australia in the midst of the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia.
When I use the world prayer map in the mornings, I always look forward to the 20th of the month because three of the nations to pray for on that day are places where I have been and/or have personal contacts, i.e., Singapore, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. This morning as I was praying over the short list of nations on this day I also prayed for East Timor. (The world prayer map is divided up into 30 days where you pray for approximately 8 countries per day.)
For the first time ever, East Timor seemed familiar to me. Just last week, I received information from Wycliffe Associates whose mission is to have a Bible translated in every language on the planet. The letter regarded a special effort that Wycliffe is making in East Timor. There are 80 languages in East Timor alone that do not have a copy of the Scriptures in their native tongue.
Without a copy of the Scripture in their native language, the people of East Timor have a fuzzy understanding of the love God has for them. They can’t read their favorite verse. They can’t clearly understand God’s desire for their life, their marriages, and their families. Without the clear light of Scripture, they cling to ancient traditions and sorcery.
Today’s contribution to Mission 227 – or complete global saturation – goes to Wycliffe’s work in East Timor. If you’d like to join me, here’s a link to Wycliffe Associates.
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